You can find Mary's results at Silicon Valley Marthon relay and searching for the "Chick Campers" team. She turned in a personal best time of 1:10:42 for her 7 mile leg. You go, girl!
Mine are available at Silicon
Valley Marathon and entering 5061 for my bib number. See below for
|They say that you should keep your normal training routine on race
day. Eat the same things, keep the same schedule. So, Mary and I got up
in time to pre-heat the oven for croissants and pull a couple of espressos.
Mary dropped me off at the Light Rail station and I took the trolley up
to the 1/2 marathon start line.
I ran the first 3 miles at 9 minute pace - too fast for me: average HR around 168... My left knee started to hurt. As I got to mile 5, my knee made me walk one minute out of every mile. By mile 10, I was walking one minute for every 2 minutes of running. By the finish (13.1 miles) I was walking 1/2 the time. However, I did finish. My time was 2:28:43 - another personal best! (I've never raced this distance before).
Even without the knee trouble, this was a poorly run race for me. I had a target pace (11 minute, to start) and a target HR (151bpm) and ignored both. Mary calls it "acute testosterone poisoning". It's possible, that if I had followed my plan, I would not have had the knee problems. I don't know about that.
Mind you, I enjoyed the race immensely, despite the knee injury.
||After hobbling past the finish line, I stuffed a few Una Mas wraps
in my face (the HRM said I had burned 1850 kcal in that 2.5 hours), filled
a bag with ice and proceeded to the 3rd relay transition to cheer Mary
on the finish of her relay leg.
I iced my knee for the next 3 days. It's feeling much better now.